When I write a cover letter, I suddenly forget that I know how to put together a coherent sentence. I also find it the perfect time to do everything else you can do on a computer EXCEPT craft a one-page professional statement about why I am qualified for such and such position.
It’s the perfect time to…
…decide to read my Feedly in its entirety
…find new blogs to follow and catch up on all their latest posts
…refresh my FB news feed every 5 minutes
…look at my FB profile as if I’m someone else
…search for other jobs that also require cover letters
…start this blog post
…And OH! now I’m hungry…
Before you know it, I’ve got way too many tabs open on Safari…only some of which are dedicated to finding a synonym for “developed” or “strengthened.”
It’s mayhem, takes way longer than it should and only leaves me feeling hungry, irritable, and discouraged.
And when my mom brought up my job-search yesterday, I just sat there and cried. Between tears I believe I choked out “I feel like every cover letter I write just goes straight to the trash bin.”
Emotions are running high these days people. Summer is winding down and this girl is not the proud new ‘owner’ of a grown-up job. And if I see one more “minimum requirements: Bachelor’s in Anything other than Spanish,” I am going to start speaking in a British accent and never ever stop and start insisting everyone call me Hermione. In other words, I’m going to lose it.
I am not a logical being.
I knew it was going to be hard…I knew it would probably be discouraging, but I have found that there is a HUGE difference in knowing what something is going to be like and actually swimming through the reality of it.
I tell you all this tonight because this is my life right now. I am crying on the couch and taking 2 hours to write a cover letter. And I’m losing some of the beauty in the unknown wisdom.
Is life still beautiful? Absolutely.
Is there beauty in this mess? I’m sure there is.
Am I going to spend my entire life looking for my 1st full time job? No.
But can we just all admit (all the 20-somethings who are maybe nodding along with this post) that job-searching ain’t for the faint of heart? And yes I just said ain’t because this is NOT a cover letter.
And for the rest of you…
If you have any questions or wish to discuss things further please feel free to contact me via email. Thank you for your time and consideration and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Mary Emily ‘Mel’ Lee
And FYI – The natural deodorant is a thumbs up. I’ve had ‘end of the day sniff confirmations’ from both Anna Wallace and Cain.
I’m a great sister.
Happy almost-end of Tuesday friends!